Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers

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about Crime Stoppers in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The Crime Stoppers organization was founded by Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer Gregg MacAleese in 1976 as an outgrowth of his efforts to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of a violent homicide. In July 1976, two criminals perpetrating the armed robbery of a gas station shot and killed Michael Carmen, the gas station attendant who was covering the shift of a fellow employee. Michael Carmen was a young college student at the University of New Mexico preparing for his wedding, which was to occur in 2 weeks. Officer MacAleese, frustrated by the lack of leads in the case, and being no closer to solving the crime 6 weeks after its occurrence, proposed to a local television station manager at KOAT-TV that the station air a reenactment of the crime as part of one of its newscasts. The station manager agreed, and an idea was born.

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